Monday, June 27, 2011

Adoration - beginning of a YA Fantasy

This is my first official post as a member of Chicks in Lit and at first I wasn't sure if I should post a review or write about something else.Then I decided that I would like to share the beginning of a YA Fantasy novel I'm writing titled Adoration.I only started it a few days ago so there isn't much to it but I hope all of you enjoy what I have written so far.


Katerina stepped off the boat that had only minutes before docked in Athens, Greece and took in the view around her. The ocean stretched on for miles and she could hear the distant murmur of village people going about their day. She took a deep, cleansing breath and her mouth filled with the salty tang of the ocean air. As she made her way into the village square Katerina stopped a young man, not much older than herself and asked if he could point her in the direction of the Starfish Inn. He answered her with a strongly accented voice, “You're one of those American tourists, aren't you?” “I don't see how that is any of your business, I was only asking where the Starfish Inn is located.” “I'll tell you only if you share your name. Mine is Cal.” Blowing out a deep breath, she said “If you must know my name is Katerina. Now will you please show me where the Starfish Inn is?” “Fine, let's go. Follow me but don't dawdle, I have places I need to be. Don't stop to talk to anyone unless you enjoy being pickpocketed.” “Hmph... Well I talked to you so does that mean you're a thief?” “Ha, wouldn't you like to know? Even if I was which I am not I wouldn't share that bit of info with you.” Cal came to an abrupt stop, causing Katerina to slam into his back. “How about a little warning next time you decide to stop so abruptly?” “Here's the Starfish Inn. You won't find better accomendations anywhere else in Athens.” “Wait! Can you tell me where the Cyprus Gardens are?” “I was told to go there and see the Cupid statue.” Cal turned around and smirked at her. “Oh so you're one of those people.” “One of what people?” “Those people who come here thinking that kissing the Cupid statue is going to free him. Let me tell you right now, that is just some stupid story made up by some lady to keep her daughter from giving up hope on finding her soulmate.” “By your reaction to my question I can assume that you have never been in love because if you had you wouldn't be such a cynic.”

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Cindy ~ The Ethereal Chick ~

Hello Friends,

     I am a lover of books! And small towns! I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, but have lived in a small town in Southern Wisconsin for many years.. Recently, I moved to my current residence of  Princeville, Illinois, another small town. I have three children and 6 grandchildren and an array of grand pets from boxers and coon dogs to bearded dragons and Llamas. Yes, you read me right, llamas! They all make me smile.

     My favorite thing to do, is to write! I have authored many short stories and I have been blessed to have two of them published in anthologies named, 12 Days of Christmas - 2009 and Shambelurking. I've also written poetry and contributed to Soft Whispers Blog at http:/ My "baby" is a generational trilogy that I have been working on for two years. Book One will soon be published by TreasureLine Publishing. Another of my blogs is The Heart of Writing at http:/ Facebook pages I am affiliated with are, my page Cindy Schuerr and Authors Associated with TLP

    I am so excited to be here with this talented and creative group of women. Thank you, Silvina for inviting me.

~ Surrender and strength will come ~
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Friday, June 24, 2011

What an honor to spotlight this published novel. This is a must read for this summer. I can't wait to read it myself. I'm sure you'll feel the same too. Thank you Margaret Sarah!

In The Land Of Winter

Kate wants to forget her past.
Lex wants to begin his future.
The strangers meet on an ill-fated flight to Scotland, their lives and secrets collide when the plane crashes into the North Sea.
Only known survivors Kate and Lex are stranded on an island with an old lighthouse they are forced to use for shelter.
Lex is desperate to get them both rescued.
Kate is desperate to stop him.

About the Author
Margaret Sarah Bechtel grew up in New England; and she spent nine years in Florida and is currently living in Virginia with her family and Golden retriever.
In The Land Of Winter is her first novel was published in May 2010 and is available through Createspace publishing and
Margaret is thirty and started writing In The Land Of Winter in the fall of 2009 after taking some time off from nursing school.
The idea for the novel came from a recurring dream about a girl drifting in the North Sea at night, with a lighthouse just off in the distance. Margaret felt Kate London had something to say.
Design Credit
The cover art was designed by Margaret’s brother Michael Bechtel who currently lives in Florida wife Jen and their two yellow labs.
In The Land Of Winter is available in paperback, Kindle, and Nook formats.
Through, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and Margaret's e-store

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tanya the Fantasy chick

Hi everyone,
My name is Tanya and I'm 28.I started blogging in March 2011 after starting my Facebook page All Things Books.Besides running my blog and Facebook page I am also an administrator on the Facebook page YA Book Lover and Bees Knees Reviews and a moderator on recently submitted my first short story to Firefly and Wisp Publishers to be used in their Urban Legends Anthology and just started writing a YA fantasy titled Adoration.I will read and review anything but my favorite genres are Horror, YA, Fantasy, and Paranormal/Supernatural.My 5 favorite books of all time are The Neverending Story, Change of Heart, Anathema, In the Dark of the Night, and Heart-Shaped Box.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Rosetta Stone

 No, I'm not talking about learning a new language.  I'm talking about THE Rosetta Stone, one of our earliest forms of written language. 

The stone was found by Napoleon's men (1798) while invading Egypt.  They found ruins in the city of Rashid (Rosetta) and built into a wall was this stone!  It weighed three quarters of a ton and it contained three different types of writing.  The top part of the stone had Egyptian hieroglyphs, the middle had a hieroglyphic script called demotic, and the last piece was Greek script (Egypt fell into the hands of the Greeks and later the Romans).

The top portion of the Egyptian hieroglyphs was badly damaged and contained some curious ovals around certain engravings.  These ovals were coined 'cartouches' (cartridges) because they looked like the bullets in their guns. 

These cartouches became the focus of attention over time, because it helped linguists decipher the other symbols.  The cartouches apparently contained names of important people such as Ptolemy and Cleopatra. 

Through the Rosetta Stone we learn that language can be written in symbols (drawings that represent things based on their qualities).  One example of this is the vulture.  Horapollo, in the 4th century (wasn't published until 1505, patience people) said that the vulture symbolized: a mother,boundaries and foreknowledge.  Later linguists said that Horapollo was mostly full of it and that a vulture simply symbolized--mother. 

The other form is what we use, the alphabet.  But as I was studying this, this morning I couldn't help thinking about how many symbols we use today in our language.  Look at texting and Facebook! 

So I will you with two thoughts.  One, what symbols do you use in written language today?  And second if you were to use hieroglyphs to write your name, what image would you draw?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hello World,
This is my first Blogging experience. For some crazy reason I seem to avoid technological advances. Considering how old Blogging is I guess that's rather pathetic. But I have a great tutor, so I'm allowing my mind to be broadened.
Let me introduce myself If you have a minute. I'm nearly twelve years married to my high school sweet heart and now four kids later, he is still the light of my life.
I studied dance in collage. I still have a great love for dance but my aspirations have changed. The lord has help me understand that I can also express myself through writing and with his abounding help I have undertaken something I never imagined doing; writing a book. Working on this project has been an incredible learning experience for me and I'm eager to learn from others experiences as well.
And this is my hope for this Blog; to find a network of people who also want to share ideas, encouragement and enthusiasm for writing. Please won't you join us!
D.S Melander
The Mythical Chick

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sil The Supernatural Chick

I love to read, write and cook and when not too exhausted I do yoga too. I was born and raised in Argentina and moved to U.S. when I was fourteen.
I attended the University of Utah where I studied Spanish Literature. My first published novel, Veiled is a Supernatural, Speculative Christian Fantasy, Y.A that was just released in April 2011.
The goal for Chicks in Lit is to meet, network and help promote other authors who are committed to writing good literature for our children to read.
We are of the opinion that there are a LOT of good books out there and a lot of good authors that need to be spotlighted. If you are one of them let us know!
We welcome any author who writes "clean" books of every kind.

The Supernatural Chick